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Taylor Townsend Falls in Straight Sets in French Open's Third Round

By DNAinfo Staff | May 30, 2014 7:45am | Updated on May 30, 2014 7:47am
 Taylor Townsend, an Englewood native, defeated France's top-seeded women's player in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday, but fell to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round on Friday.
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CHICAGO — Englewood's Taylor Townsend's dream run in the French Open came to an end with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round on Friday.

Townsend had 17 winners but was undone by 33 unforced errors.

Navarro will face Ajla Tomljanovic, a 6-4, 6-4 victor over third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, in the fourth round. Navarro is ranked 15th in the world and is the tournament's No. 14 seed.

Townsend, 18, upset Alize Cornet, the world's 21st-ranked player and France's top seed at Roland Garros, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in Wednesday's second-round match. She become the youngest American to reach the third round since 2003.

"It couldn't have been a better script for her to really play in a hostile environment," Townsend's coach, Kamau Murray of Kenwood-based XS Tennis, told DNAinfo Chicago from Paris on Wednesday. "Anything is possible, and I can't give you no more proof than that victory."

Townsend, ranked 205th in the world, is a graduate of Lenart Regional Gifted Center in Chatham and a product of XS Tennis.

Townsend, who qualified for the French Open as a wild-card entry, beat American Vania King 7-5, 6-1 in Monday's first round.

It was her first appearance in the main draw of Grand Slam event. Townsend is a former No. 1 in the junior rankings, and she won the Australian Open girls singles title in 2012 when she was 15.

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